Death Race 2000
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In the year 2000 the United States has been destroyed by a financial crisis and a military coup. Political parties have collapsed into a single Bipartisan Party, which also fulfills the religious functions of a unified church and state. The resulting fascist police state, the United Provinces, is headed by the cult figure "Mr. President" (Sandy McCallum). The people are kept satisfied through a stream of gory gladiatorial entertainment, which includes the bloody spectacle of the Annual Transcontinental Road Race, depicted as a symbol of American values and way of life. The coast-to-coast, 3 day race is run on public roads, and points are scored not just for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians struck and killed. Frankenstein (David Carradine) is the most celebrated racer and is the government's champion. He is reputed to be part machine, rebuilt after many crashes. He regularly battles with the other teams, particularly "Machine Gun" Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), who hates being second. The film is set at the start of the 20th annual race, during which a resistance group led by Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin), a lineal descendant of Thomas Paine, one of the original American revolutionaries of the 1770s, is attempting to assassinate Frankenstein and replace him with one of their agents. The "Resistance" is assisted by Paine's great granddaughter Annie (Simone Griffeth), Frankenstein's navigator, who is intending to lure him into a planned ambush where he is to be replaced by a double. Disruption of the race by the Resistance is blamed on the French by the state, who are also blamed for ruining the country's economy and telephone system. It emerges that Frankenstein is not a willing government stooge.
Paul Bartel's 1975 cheap-o satire about a futuristic international sport--an anything-goes car race where drivers score points for hitting pedestrians--stars David Carradine as a hero behind the wheel and Sylvester Stallone as his nemesis. The film is clever and macabre enough as a modernist satire, but finally overplays its hand in grim, decadent humor. The sets are gloriously artificial, and former Warhol star Mary Woronov is in sexy, comic form. A DVD release is available. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Quickly: it's so bad it's good, well sorta. It's old, the acting sucks, but it's about a race in a utopian society where drivers get points for running people over, how cool a plot is that?
Summar: It's a pretty much utopian society. America is now run by a god figure of a president who provides everything the populace could want, including entertainment. The years big entertainment is the Transcontinental Race. The 20th of which is about to start at the start of the movie. 5 teams of racers in souped up cars (including mele weapons on the front) race to get to the end of the track and score points for running over pedestrians. Seniors are worth the most points, followed by todlers, then teens. Any women are worth a bonus 10 points. While this race is going on a group of rebels attempts to stop the race and overthrow the President. The main character Frankenstein (David Caradine) turns from Bad to Good, falls in love with his navigator and of course saves the day. Sly Stalone plays his main rival in a role more hammed up then Rambo.
The Good: a cult classic, and a cult classic for a reason. This is primo camp. The plot is rather sickly amusing and I would almost call this a black comedy. The violence is very over the top in what I would call a good way (the first kill is a man impaled on a knife on the front of Sly's car, between the legs).
The Bad: the quality of this fits the times but does get annoying. The sound quality especially. The charcters are just a little too over the top, even more so the announcers. They drove me nuts.Read more ›
In this futuristic vision of the year 2000, America has devolved into something of a fascist police state called the United Provinces, ruled from overseas by Mr. President (Sandy McCallum) who, like all good dictators, has established an external outlet for whatever bloodlust, anger, and general discontent that may exist among the populace. Enter the Transcontinental Road Race, better known as the Death Race. Now in its 20th iteration, this fierce competition pits the greatest, most fearless drivers in the land racing from New York to New Los Angeles. Lest any visions of Cannonball Run threaten to run your head, know this: the beauty of the Death Race is the fact that extra points are awarded for any and all innocent spectators you kill along the way, with children and seniors bringing in the most points (if you don't think this is great fun, you haven't played any of the games in the Carmageddon series, which count among my favorite games of all time).
This year's contestants are Nero the Hero, Matilda the Hun (with Representative Fred "Gopher" Grandy as her navigator Herman the German), Calamity Jane Kelly, Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), and the fan favorite, Frankenstein (David Carradine).Read more ›
They race across the USA and gain points for killing people on the way... The beloved leader starts the race and media spreads propaganda the entire movie... They make fun of so many things and its very well done... The movie helps show the media for what it is among other things :)... Some parts might be a bit boring, still for the most part its worth watching... Funny how in movie they blame things on the french :)... I see even today media makes fun of french to say least at times :)... Also in USA they always laugh cuz they like jerry lewis :)... This movie is worth watching just for the Corvette :)... Also it has Frankenstein without the wolfman or dracula to steal the show :)... Sly is in the best role of his life, he plays it very well to say least :)...
Stick around and listen at the end, the credits talk about an interesting story :)...
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If you are over 40 and havn't seen this you should . If your under 40 don't bother I don't want you to complain about itPublished 17 months ago by mad mal
The new one is set in jail. This one races across the country, there aim is to collect points by running people over.Published on May 13 2014 by David Snow
Had to get the original after watching the new death races tho wish it was better Stallone is one of my favesPublished on June 29 2013 by jeromy
This look at the year 2000 from the 70's, point of imagination, is just as funny as it is disturbing. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Jeff Parliament
this film is well funny.watch out for a young sty stallone this film is definetly worth owning its greatPublished on June 12 2002